Author: Cynthia Boris

Cynthia Boris is a freelance writer based in Orange County, Calif. Covering all things tech and TV, her work has appeared on websites such as Tecca, MarketingPilgrim, SheKnows and io9.

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The Profit: A Lack of Passion Sinks Family Business

70% of second generation business fail. Why? Because the children who inherit the businesses often lack the passion and skills to keep it going. Marcus Lemonis found that out first hand when he visited a Pasadena flower shop in this week's episode of The Profit.
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TV Reporter Fired Over Blog Post – When Personal Becomes Public

In 2011, TV reporter Shea Allen started a blog on Blogger. She posted five times the first year, once in 2012 and five times in 2013 before everything came crashing down. In a rare moment of boredom, Shea wrote a funny post she called “Confessions of a Red-Headed Reporter” and that post...
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CNBC’s The Profit: A Lack of Communication Cripples Car Cash

Marcus Lemonis says that people are the reason so many businesses fail in America. And he made his point loud and clear on the premiere of his new TV series The Profit. (The Profit: Marcus Lemonis — Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/CNBC) Marcus Lemonis is a serial entrepreneur who lives to buy failing...
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Supermarket Superstars Go Global

We all bring our family history to the work with us on a daily basis. We are a product of the culture we experienced in our childhoods. But as much as some people try to shake their past, your history can help you bring a new perspective to everything you do. (Photo...
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Designers Learn How to (Make It) Work on a New Season of Project Runway

A new season of Project Runway is here with a whole new crop of talented designers. This year, the show chose a large number of contestants who use fabric in unusual ways. Karen uses her photography skills to create her own fabrics, Justin sews pennies into his shirts and creates shoulder details...
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House of Curves: Is it Friendship Before Business or the Other Way Around?

The WeTV reality series House of Curves, follows full-figured fashion designer Kenyatta Jones on her journey from boutique biz to major player. Under her Bella Rene label, Kenyatta produces sexy dresses, fitted power suits and trendy casual clothes for younger, full-figured women. Making a name for yourself is hard for any new...
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Big Brother Contestants Get Canned for Racist Remarks on Live Feed

On the reality series, Big Brother, contestants live in a small house with a group of strangers while cameras roll 24 hours a day, recording everything they say and do. They also know that anything that doesn’t violate primetime censorship rules could end up on one of the three episodes CBS airs...
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Creative Careers: Interview With Film and TV Composer Nathan Fleet

Nathan Fleet loves movies and music, and he can play the Star Wars Cantina Band song on the guitar. So it’s not surprising that he makes his living as a film and television composer. When he’s not scoring movies, he’s making them. Last year, he wrote, directed and starred in an award-winning...
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Creative Careers: Interview with Reality Show Producer Karri-Leigh Mastrangelo

Karri-Leigh Mastrangelo is a reality show producer whose credits include “Ready For Love,” “Cheerleader Nation” and one of the most popular reality franchises “The Bachelor.” Though working in television can be very exciting and rewarding, working in reality TV comes with its own set of pros and cons. How is working in...
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5 Inspiring Films About Working Women

In the new movie ‘The Heat’, Sandra Bullock plays a straight-laced FBI agent who is forced to team up with a foul-mouthed, streetwise cop (Melissa McCarthy) in order to bring down a dangerous drug lord. Though their drive and their motives are worthwhile, neither character is a great role model for young...
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5 Business Lessons from Big Brother

Big Brother is back on CBS for the 15th installment of the popular reality game show. 16 new houseguests signed up to live in close quarters with cameras watching their every move all in hopes of winning the $500,000 grand prize. Every week, three of the contestants will be up for possible...
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AOL Anchor Auditions: Live Job Interview In Front of 1 Million People

TV personalities always have to audition for a job but they don’t usually have to do it live, in front of an audience of one million. But that’s what hopefuls had to do last week if they wanted a chance at becoming the next AOL Live news anchor. In a rare opportunity...
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Rizzoli and Isles: Working Hard for the Money

TNT’s popular detective series Rizzoli & Isles is back with new crimes, crazy crooks and more family drama than ever before. How do the salaries of real life detectives and medical examiners stack up against the salaries of those who play them on television? Angie Harmon stars as Jane Rizzoli. She’s a...
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Does Someone Have to Go: Personal Feelings Trump Business Decisions

Last week on Does Someone Have to Go, the employees of True Home Value were faced with three tough decisions including whether or not to fire an employee with a drinking problem. This week, three employees had to stand in front of their peers and plead to keep their jobs. Time to...
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Creative Careers: Interview with Film Makeup Artist Patty Bell

Patty Bell has been working as a film and TV makeup artist for the past 20 years. She’s working on TV commercials, films such as The Dark Knight Rises and The Perks of Being a Wallflower and she works extensively with sports programs such as NFL on Fox. As an expert in...
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Cool Jobs on TV: Randy to the Rescue

A woman’s wedding day is supposed to be one of the happiest days of her life but the months leading up to that day can be the most stressful. Picking a date, sending out invitations, booking the venue, hiring a caterer; you could have a full-time staff and not get it all...
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Does Someone Have To Go: When Alcohol and Medical Problems Impact Work

The Fox TV show Does Someone Have to Go broke new ground this week with their visit to True Home Value in Saint Louis. Larry Smith bought the mom and pop biz eight years ago and at first the business showed tremendous growth. The company sells large home improvement projects such as...
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The Big Brain Theory: Follow-Through Beats Creativity in the Final Round

In the finale episode of the Discovery series The Big Brain Theory, the final two contestants, Amy and Corey, were tasked with building a short bridge. Since that concept is a little too easy for genius engineers, there were a couple of twists. The first twist was that the bridge had to...
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Ed Hardy Says a Bad Celebrity Endorsement Cost Him His Business

Branding and brand reputation is a huge part of any business, but it’s even more important when your name is the brand. Take tattoo artist Ed Hardy, who in 2003 agreed to license a few of his designs to a t-shirt manufacturer. He had never thought of going into the fashion business,...
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The Legend of Steven Spielberg and the Misunderstood Production Assistant

Everyone is familiar with the work of blockbuster director Steven Spielberg. But did you know that he got his start in the movie business by pretending to work at Universal Studios? According to a 1969 interview, Steven gained access to the famed lot by dressing in a suit and walking past the...
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Johnny Depp and Others Take a Paycut for Passion Projects

Put Johnny Depp’s name on a movie and it’s bound to make a buck at the box office. To date, his films have racked up $6,088,674,212 worldwide and that’s just his starring roles. Even Dark Shadows, which was considered a box office bust brought in $236,527,149 worldwide. Still, even Johnny doesn’t always...
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Does Someone Have to Go: DFX Decides

Last week on Does Someone Have to Go, we met the employees of DFX. The 30-year-old fitness equipment company has been having a hard time since founder Tom sold the company to his daughter Farren. Why? Mostly because Tom stayed on, micromanaging every employee with the help of surveillance cameras. Fed up...
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The Big Brain Theory: Leadership Lessons and a Real World Test

On Discovery Channel’s The Big Brain Theory, two groups of the brightest engineers in the world put their skills to the test solving wild mechanical problems. This week, they were asked to take on a job a little more serious – create a mechanism to safely stop a car that doesn’t yield...
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Tabatha Takes Over: YouTube is My Trainer

In last week’s episode of Tabatha Takes Over, Tabatha met a business owner who couldn’t understand why her Hollywood nail salon was failing. Customers came in but they never came back. Why? Could it have been because her staff didn’t have the basic training needed to assist a nail technician, let alone...
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‘The Internship’ Laughs at the Highs and Lows of Being a Google Intern

In “The Internship,” Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play forty-something unemployed salesmen who are desperately seeking a mid-life change. Using their gift of gab, they talk their way into the Google Intern program even though they’re twice the age of the rest of the group and they have no tech experience. (It’s...
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Does Someone Have to Go: Big Brother is Watching at DFX

DFX of Anaheim, California made its money with the patented Dynaflex Gyro fitness system. Tom started the company out of his garage back in the seventies, built it up to a successful business, and then sold the business to his daughter Farren so he could retire. One problem. He didn’t retire. He...
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The Big Brain Theory: Looking for America’s Next Great Mind

There are TV competition shows that look for the next great dancer, baker, pop star and fashion designer. But the folks at Discovery Channel wanted to set their sights a little higher. They’re looking for America’s next great mind in the field of science, technology, engineering or math. To do this, they...
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Cool Jobs on TV: Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters

There’s something magical about a treehouse. Tucked inside the protective arms of Mother Nature, high above the Earth’s floor, they provide sanctuary from parental interference and fodder for the imagination. It may look like a wooden box on stilts from the outside, but from the inside it’s a pirate ship, a rocket...
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Job Interview Tips from ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

Every year, thousands of dancers from all around the nation line up to audition for the Fox series, So You Think You Can Dance. Their ultimate goal? To get “hired” as one of the season’s top 20 dancers. Each performer only has a few minutes to impress the judges not only with...
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Cool Jobs on TV: Mountain Movers

At the Winter X Games, snowboarders and snowmobilers perform gravity defying stunts on steep slopes of ice and snow. The only thing more amazing than pulling off a cab cork 1080 indy to a frontside 900 is turning a mountain full of snow into an awesome competition course in just a few...
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Does Someone Have to Go: Employees Vote with Their Hearts Not Their Heads

Last week on Does Someone Have to Go, we watched as the employees of Velocity Merchant Services roasted their co-workers in candid videos. That was followed by a mortifying round where salaries were revealed and from there, the group chose the three employees they thought deserved to be fired. Can the bottom...
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Employees Literally Jump Through Hoops for the Boss Tonight on Wipeout

If you think your boss makes you jump through hoops every day, you need to watch tonight’s episode of the ABC game show Wipeout. It’s a special Boss & Employee edition with a twist. In the first round, the teams will have to work together to make it through obstacles such as...
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‘Giving You the Business’ Rewards Standout Employees With a Franchise of Their Own

Hidden camera shows have been around since Allen Funt began pulling pranks on TV back in 1948. “Smile, you’re on Candid Camera!” In recent years, hidden camera shows haven’t given people much to smile about as they’re generally used to catch employees doing bad things behind the boss’ back. From Restaurant Stakeout...
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Could Your Business Be the Next Big Reality Show?

From cupcake bakers to duck call makers, small business owners and employees are today’s top reality stars. The benefits of letting a camera crew follow your every move are obvious. Every episode is like a half hour commercial for your business and that means more people at your door. Rick Harrison, the...
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Resale Royalty 103: ‘VIP: Very Important Purchasers’

When 80 percent of your sales come from 20 percent of your customers, having a VIP Club that caters to that 20 percent makes good business sense. In this week’s episode of Resale Royalty, Sue decides to relaunch her old VIP club at the suggestion of one of her oldest customers. They...
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Employees Compete For Their Jobs in New Fox Reality Series

When you lose on a TV game show, all you give up is a little bit of dignity. But when you lose on Fox’s new reality series Does Someone Have to Go, the next stop is the unemployment line. To make matters worse, the pink slip doesn’t come from the boss, it...
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Leadership Lessons from ‘Star Trek’

Taking command of a starship is a lot like running a company. You have to have a vision, a team to help you get the job done, and you have to make tough decisions with your head and not your heart. Feeling a little shaky in the Captain’s chair? Here are a...
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Crowd Rules: Dealing with Debt

According to Crowd Rules host Pat Kiernan, there are times when debt is good for business. That’s kind of hard to believe. The only time debt may be a good thing is when it gets you a slot on Crowd Rules and a chance to win $50,000. Let’s meet this week’s business...
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TV’s Most Dangerous Jobs: Is the Risk Worth the Reward?

Since the golden age of television, we’ve been watching firemen and police officers put their lives on the line in order to protect the innocent. But those are just actors and although a few have been known to get hurt in the performance of their duties, acting isn’t usually a dangerous profession....
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Starting Over at 70: XOX Betsey Johnson

In the 1970’s, Betsey Johnson was on her way to becoming an American fashion icon. Known for her whimsical designs, mismatched fabrics and bright colors, her clothes were popular with the young rock stars of the era. From there, she jumped hurdle after hurdle, never giving up on her wild fashions and...
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Crowd Rules: 3 Small Businesses, One Grand Prize

If Shark Tank was a game show it would be Crowd Rules. This new entry into the entrepreneur show arena is compelling, entertaining and surprisingly it’s on news network CNBC. Every week, three business owners stand up in front of a panel of judges and plead their case in hopes of winning...
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Resale Royalty: Style’s New Series Follows the Queen of High-End Resale

Sue McCarthy makes a living selling used purses for $1500 and her customers walk away thinking, ‘wow, what a bargain!’ Sue is the owner of Women’s Closet Exchange in St. Louis and she’s also the star of Style’s newest reality series Resale Royalty.Sue opened the store 25 years ago after visiting a...
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5 Lessons from Tabatha Takes Over

To some people, Tabatha Coffey is a demonic elf who enjoys berating hardworking hairdressers for their sloppy work and poor attitude. To others, she’s more like the elfin queen who has the magical ability to pull a failing business back from the brink. Either way, she’s one of the most entertaining business...
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What’s a Real Housewife Worth?

According to Insure.com’s yearly Mother’s Day Common Task Index, the 2013 market value of a housewife is $59,862. That includes $6,570 for cooking, $5,135 for cleaning and $1,606 for shopping. Of course, none of that applies if you’re a “real” housewife from Orange County, Atlanta or New York, except maybe the shopping...